Special cast album signing by Elena Roger, Philip Quast and Matt Rawle at Dress Circle, Monmouth Street, London WC2 on Wednesday 16th August at 12.30pm.
“A MASTERPIECE OF BRITISH 20TH CENTURY MUSICAL THEATRE” – Sunday Times Culture
“A SENSATIONAL HIT ALL OVER AGAIN” – Mail on Sunday
“IT’S RARE AND REFRESHING TO GET A MUSICAL THAT, AS WELL AS BEING AWASH WITH ALLURING MUSIC, INTERESTS ITSELF IN POLITICS…RIVETING’” **** – The Times
“THIS EVITA IS SET TO DAZZLE’ – Daily Express
“TIM RICE AND ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER HAVE NEVER BEEN BETTER THAN THEY ARE HERE” – Daily Telegraph
“A TREMENDOUS PIECE OF MUSICAL THEATRE” – Metro
Following its triumphant return to London’s West End on June 21st – exactly 28 years to the day since the original – the brand-new production of the smash-hit stage show Evita will be released as a cast recording on Really Useful/ Polydor Records, 14th August.
Based on the life and times of Eva Perón, the second wife of Argentine dictator Juan Perón, it chronicles her life as Argentina’s most complex and powerful figure against a backdrop of political unrest, until her tragic death in 1952.
The single CD contains 20 songs from the show, with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and is performed by the critically acclaimed cast that includes the award-winning Argentinean discovery Elena Roger as Eva, Philip Quast as Peron and Matt Rawle as Che.
Produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright, with executive production by Tim Rice, the album includes many iconic songs including “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina”,”Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Oh What A Circus”. Recorded in London, musical direction and supervision is by Simon Lee. (English National Opera’s On the Town, The Woman in White).
The West End revival of Evita also boasts the Oscar winning “You Must Love Me” for the first time ever on stage, which features on the new CD. Originally written for Alan Parker’s 1996 film adaptation starring Madonna, it became a Top Ten single on release that year.
Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber originally began working on Evita in 1974. Initially released as a concept album with great success in the album and singles charts, the first stage production of Evita opened at the Prince Edward Theatre in 1978 and set the record for the highest box office advance in West End History, running for seven consecutive years.
Directed by the award-winning Michael Grandage, Evita is produced by André Ptaszynski for The Really Useful Theatre Company. The Really Useful Theatre Company’s previous productions include Cats, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express and the Olivier Award-winning The Phantom of the Opera.
The album tracklisting is:
1. Requiem For Evita
2. Oh What A Circus
3. On This Night Of A Thousand Stars
4. Eva And Magaldi/Eve Beware Of The City
5. Buenos Aires
6. Goodnight and Thank You
7. The Art of the Possible
8. I’d Be Surprisnngly Good For You
9. Another Suitcase In Another Hall
10. A New Argentina
11. Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
12. High Flying Adored
13. Rainbow High
14. Rainbow Tour
15. And The Money Kept Rolling In (And Out)
16. Waltz for Evita and Che
17. You Must Love Me
18. She Is A Diamond
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